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27 July 2005 | ©football365.com

Arsenal fans lamenting Patrick Vieira's sale to Juventus will be heartened by the news Freddie Ljungberg is set to sign a new deal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is almost certain Ljungberg - whose contract expires next summer - will extend his stay at Highbury by agreeing fresh terms.

"It's 99% there. I'm very pleased because we lost Patrick and we could not afford to lose many players. Stability is important," he told the club's official website.

Ljungberg joined Arsenal for £3million from Halmstads in September 1998 and is a key component of Wenger's squad, scoring 68 goals in 265 matches for the club.

The 28-year-old Sweden midfielder, who has helped Arsenal win two Premiership titles and three FA Cup finals, has been anxious to settle his Highbury future.

He was the Gunners' outstanding player during the winter months last season, but his campaign was hampered by injury and migraines.

As one of Arsenal's double heroes, the 49-cap international will delight supporters should he decide to stay following Vieira's £13.7milllion move to Serie A.



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